Double Miles On Delta From Seattle To San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles

October 18, 2013

For the past year or so, Delta has been making an aggressive push into the Seattle market not only with new transcontinental routes there but also a slew of transpacific flights that are making the airport look more and more like a Delta hub. To highlight its new presence, the airline just announced a new […]

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Cheap Airfare to Hawaii: Still Low Fares From PHX, SAN and More

October 15, 2013

Yesterday I wrote about some cheap flights to Honolulu on Delta and United from several cities including Newark, Denver, Houston and Phoenix pricing out as low as $422. While some of these departure cities are no longer available, there are still some available so if you were considering heading to Hawaii book sooner than later. With […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Roundtrip Flights From US Cities To Honolulu on Delta For $422

October 14, 2013

Looks like Delta is holding an aggressive fare sale from several of United’s hubs to Honolulu this fall and winter with roundtrip prices from several cities including Newark, Denver, Houston and Phoenix pricing out as low as $422. I’m on my way to the airport, so I only had time to do a few searches, […]

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My Chicago Seminars Presentation: Advanced: Credit Card Strategies

October 14, 2013

Another year, another great Chicago Seminars! I once again had a fantastic time in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare), meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds including The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll, and about 550 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several […]

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Crossing The Pond: How to Make The Most Out Of Flying New York To London

October 14, 2013

Last week, I posted a detailed comparison of transcontinental routes and the benefits that premium flyers can expect when flying each airline from coast-to-coast. One of the other major routes with a huge amount of competition is from New York is to London, and in light of the increased number of flights to London from […]

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Deal Alert: New York to Istanbul from $522 Round-trip

October 9, 2013

Per this Flyertalk thread, there are currently some cheap fares if you’re planning to head to Istanbul early next year. I was able to find fares on Air Canada from New York JFK to Istanbul via Toronto Pearson starting as low as $522 for dates beginning in January 2014 through March 2014, and even further […]

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Boy Takes Trip To Las Vegas On Delta Without Ticket – TSA Blames Government Shutdown

October 7, 2013

One of the big travel stories that came out this morning is about a 9-year-old Minnesota boy who got himself to Minneapolis-St. Paul airport on Thursday, through security, onto a Delta flight and all the way to Las Vegas…without a ticket! He was only caught mid-flight when crew members of Delta flight 1651 realized they […]

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Which Airlines Serve Pre-Departure Beverages and Meals In Domestic First Class

October 7, 2013

People always complain that flying “ain’t what it used to be”, but I disgaree with that- airlines have been upping their game over the past couple years, sometimes offering a pretty impressive meal and wine/premium cocktail service. Granted, I rarely have a meal on a plane that would compare to even a mid-grade restaurant and […]

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Maximize Monday: Transcontinental Comparison – Worth It To Switch To JetBlue?

October 7, 2013

Last Monday, I went to JetBlue’s New York headquarters to get a first look at the airline’s new “Mint” business class seats and first class mini-suites that will be going into service starting in June 2014, and the benefits premium flyers will enjoy. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed- especially since the cost […]

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Will I Be Upgrade Eligible For My SkyMiles Award Ticket Once I Achieve Silver Medallion Status?

October 6, 2013

TPG follower Robert is about to become a Silver Medallion with Delta SkyMiles and wants to know: “@thepointsguy I booked a SkyMiles award ticket and will soon achieve Silver Medallion status. Will it update my itinerary to show upgrade requested?” First, congratulations on becoming a Silver Medallion, and let me warn you that elite status is […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus, Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles, Support Breast Cancer Research With Delta, 35% off Everything at the W Hotel Store

October 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus: Earlier this week, US Airways  launched a new 100% share miles bonus that runs now through October 15, 2013. Through the promo, “Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period”, but you […]

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New York JFK – Milan MXP Route Competition: Low Fares On Emirates and Bonus Miles On Delta / Alitalia

October 5, 2013

Competition on the route from New York JFK to Milan MXP is heating up with Emirates launching new non-stop service on October 1 and Delta and Alitalia teaming up to offer two daily non-stop flights. Emirates’ move was a pretty aggressive push with economy roundtrip fares booked now through October 8 for travel between October […]

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Top 10 Airline Economy Award Redemptions

October 1, 2013

Miles, points and elite status are great for leveling the playing field of the “haves and have nots” in the sky because they allow ordinary people to sit in seats that they normally wouldn’t be able to afford. However, for a majority of people business and first class are either not an option (family travelers […]

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Earn 250 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles on Hilton Stays Now Through December

October 1, 2013

Hilton and Delta just launched a promotion like one they had last year offering 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles per stay of two nights or more between now and December 13, 2013, up to a maximum of 10,000 MQM’s when you select Delta as your Hilton HHonors Double Dip partner. These MQMs are in addition to the 10 Hilton points […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus On Purchased JetBlue Points, Alaska Airlines Revamps In-Flight Meals, Earn 1,000 Miles/Points With PointsHound

September 28, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 25,000 Southwest Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. I just reached 25,000 Twitter followers – so thank you to all of you who already follow me – and to celebrate, I’m going to […]

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Why LAX Is All Over The News Lately

September 28, 2013

Los Angeles International Airport has been in the news a lot recently, between the opening of the long-awaited new terminal at Tom Bradley International Terminal and announcements of tons of new routes from Delta – including an hourly shuttle flight from LA to San Francisco – and American, which has launched several new domestic and […]

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Cheap Flights to Dublin on Delta: Chicago from $401 Total Roundtrip – Including St. Patricks Day!

September 26, 2013

Dublin is one of my favorite cities in the world- great people, bars and overall vibe. It also helps that airfares dip low throughout the year. Today’s cheap fares are from Chicago- $401 total roundtrip and you can route via Atlanta for maximum miles- 9,088 valuable Medallion Qualifying Miles and base Skymiles plus up to […]

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How Do You Have Elite Status If You Are Accruing Miles On Credit Cards And Redeeming Miles, But Don’t Earn Elite Status Qualifying Miles?

September 22, 2013

TPG reader Eric asked: “How do you have elite status if you are just accruing so many miles on your credit cards and redeeming miles? You obviously don’t earn elite-qualifying miles?” I actually met TPG reader Eric on the street and he asked me how I maintain my elite status on three airlines – I […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Bonus American AAdvantage Miles on Latin America Routes, Free Uber Rides in Chicago This Weekend, Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles for Donating to United Way

September 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 100,000 Hyatt Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points in honor of th Hyatt’s “Discover New Possibilities” fall promo. There are four methods to enter, and you can enter once per method for a total of four […]

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Delta Amex Pay With Miles Program Now Gives Miles for First/Business Class Tickets

September 18, 2013

One of the perks of having a Delta American Express co-branded credit card such as the Delta Gold, Delta Platinum, or Delta Reserve American Express cards is that you’re eligible to use the Pay with Miles feature when purchasing tickets. Historically you wouldn’t earn Medallion Qualifying Miles on Pay With Miles tickets, but earlier this year […]

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New Delta Gold Amex Offer – Including $50 Statement Credit

September 17, 2013

Update: There is a still a live offer for the Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express card offering 30,000 miles after $1,000 in spend within the first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Today American Express launched a new sign-up offer […]

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Delta Launches Smart Travel Pack: Bundled Benefits For A Fee

September 17, 2013

Earlier this week, Delta launched what they call their Smart Travel Pack option, where SkyMiles members can purchase a bundle of benefits such as free checked baggage and priority boarding. It costs $199 to purchase for travel between September 16, 2013 and January 5, 2014, and is only available online to non-Medallion members since most of […]

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Flight Review: Delta 767-300ER BusinessElite Amsterdam-Newark AMS-EWR

September 16, 2013

During my recent trip to South Africa, I was called home early due to a family emergency. Luckily, I was able to redeem 120,000 Delta SkyMiles for a last-minute  business class award departing South Africa earlier this week and returning on a dummy booking in economy in the spring (which I’ll shift around and use somehow for […]

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Would You Choose Delta or American Platinum Status for Business Travel?

September 15, 2013

TPG follower Travel Chaz tweeted: “@thepointsguy if you were not concerned about redeeming the miles, would you choose Delta or American Platinum status for business travel?” First off, let’s start with the basics since the two statuses are not really equivalent. American Platinum only requires 50,000 miles and Delta Platinum requires 75,000  – but that […]

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